Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.” – (1984)

While I’m not a big Springsteen nut, I recognize this song as a classic. It is the definitive Springsteen song and like some of the popular seemingly-patriotic anthems of John Mellencamp – this is not a positive song. That is, although it keeps repeating the phrase “born in the U.S.A.” – it actually deals with the Vietnam War and the crap Vietnam veterans had to deal with when they came home. For that reason alone, this song is great. But when you add in the rockin’ E Street Band and Bruce’s raspy vocals it becomes something larger. This was an anthem for a generation in the 1980s. Politicians loved to use it until they realized what its lyrics were actually about. The album of the same name remains Springsteen’s largest contribution to popular music and is revered by fans. Rightfully so.

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